Take up the Bible, compare the religion of the Latter-day Saints with it and see if it will stand the test



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God’s Word versus Mormon belief
”Take up the Bible, compare the religion of the Latter-day Saints with it and see if it will stand the test”
(Brigham Young, May 18, 1873, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 16, page 46.)

Does the Book of Mormon (B. of M.) have any new or different doctrines? If it does, it falls under the condemnation of (Gal. 1:8-9) saying “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” If it does not have any new or different doctrine, why is it needed? The LDS teach doctrines not found in the Bible, so they try to discredit it in order to show the B. of M. is needed. The following is a short comparison between GOD’s WORD and Mormon doctrine.



Topic

God’s Word

Mormon Belief

ONE GOD

There are many “gods” (Exodus 20:3; 1 Chronicles 16:25), but there is only one “God” (Isaiah 44:6,8; 45:5)

"And they (the Gods) said: Let there be light: and there was light (Book of Abraham 4:3)

GOD ETERNAL

God has always been God (Psalm 90:2; Revelation 1:8)

"God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!!! . . . We have imagined that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea and take away the veil, so that you may see" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345)

GOD UNCHANGING

“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:10)

(Hebrews 13:8)



“Wherefore I, the Lord, command and revoke, as it seemeth me good; and all this to be answered upon the heads of the rebellious, saith the Lord.”

(Doctrine and Covenants Section 56:4)



GOD AS SPIRIT

God is a spirit without flesh and bones (John 4:24; Luke 24:39)

"The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's" (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22. Compare with Alma 18:26-27; 22:9-10)
     "Therefore we know that both the Father and the Son are in form and stature perfect men; each of them possesses a tangible body . . . of flesh and bones." (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 38).

TRINITY

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7) The Father and I are One (John 10:30)

The Lord our God is One (Mark 12:29)



The trinity is three separate Gods: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. "That these three are separate individuals, physically distinct from each other, is demonstrated by the accepted records of divine dealings with man." (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 35.)

JESUS

Jesus was born of the virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matt. 1:23)

“The birth of the Saviour was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood - was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 8: p. 115), “Christ was begotten by an Immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers” (Mormon Doctrine," by Bruce McConkie, p. 547)

BIBLE

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16)

“We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. . .” (8th Article of Faith of the Mormon Church.)

MARRIAGE

For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. (Matt 22:30, Mark 12:25,

Luke 20:35)



“An exalted and glorified man of holiness could not be a Father unless a woman of like glory, perfection, and holiness was associated with him as a Mother. The begetting of children makes a man a father and a woman a mother whether we are dealing with man in his mortal or immortal state.” (Bruce McConkie, p. 516)

PRE EXISTENCE

Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

(1 Corinthians 15:44 KJV)



Mormons believe that all things were "created spiritually" first.

Another unusual element entered the matrix of Smith's creativity around this time regarding his associations with ceremonial magic and then Masonry as a 32nd degree Mason. In 1841 a Jew raised in the Polish borderlands of Prussia, educated at the University of Berlin, and familiar with Kabbalah, joined the Mormon church, migrated to Nauvoo, and there became Smith's frequent companion and tutor in Hebrew. Documentation has recently come to light suggesting this individual, Alexander Neibaur, not only knew Kabbalah, but probably possessed in Nauvoo a copy of its classic text, the Zohar. By 1844 Smith not only was cognizant of Kabbalah, but enlisted theosophic concepts taken directly from its principal text in his most important doctrinal sermon, the (King Follett Discourse.) “Kabbalism is a system of Jewish mysticism and magic and is the foundational element in modern witchcraft. Virtually all of the great witches and sorcerers of this century were Kabbalists.” (William J. Schnoebelen, The Dark Side of Freemasonry)

One God Contradictions: “I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three gods.” (T. of P.J.S., p. 370)
“Now Zeezrom said: Is there more than one God? 29 And he answered, No.” (Alma 11:28-29)

Trinity Contradictions: “The trinity is three separate Gods: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. "That these three are separate individuals, physically distinct from each other, is demonstrated by the accepted records of divine dealings with man.” (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 35.) “And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; 1and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the 2Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen.” (II Nephi 31:21)

Contradictions Regarding Changes to the B of M: (Doctrine and Covenants Section 56:4) says, “Wherefore I, the Lord, command and revoke, as it seemeth me good; and all this to be answered upon the heads of the rebellious, saith the Lord.” Contradicting what that says, (Alma 41:8) says, “Now, the decrees of God are unalterable; therefore, the way is prepared that whosoever will may walk therein and be saved.” If the Book of Mormon is true, then why has the Mormon church changed it? Jerald Tanner, (great-great-grandson of John Tanner, well known for his sizeable financial contributions to Joseph Smith and the LDS church in 1835 when the church was deeply in debt), and Sandra Tanner, (great-great-granddaughter of Brigham Young, the second president of the Mormon Church), have counted 3913 changes in the Book of Mormon, excluding punctuation changes.

Prophet Test: President Joseph Fielding Smith, the tenth LDS prophet said: “Mormonism, as it is called, must stand or fall on the story of Joseph Smith. He was either a prophet of God, divinely called, properly appointed and commissioned, or he was one of the biggest frauds this world has ever seen. There is no middle ground. If Joseph Smith was a deceiver, who willfully attempted to mislead the people, then he should be exposed; his claims should be refuted, and his doctrines shown to be false, for the doctrines of an impostor cannot be made to harmonize in all particulars with divine truth. If his claims and declarations were built upon fraud and deceit, there would appear many errors and contradictions, which would be easy to detect” (D. of S. Vol. 1, p. 188). Obviously this is a challenge to the credibility of Joseph Smith as prophet. We read in God’s word how to tell if a person is a false prophet AND what they deserve. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1), “But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. 21And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? 22When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” (Deut 18:20-22) According to God’s Word, just one false prophecy is enough to justify execution of a false prophet. Now that we know how to tell a false prophet, let’s take a look at some Mormon prophecies to decide whether or not Joseph Smith was a false prophet.

1: Joseph Smith was also interested in the second coming of Jesus Christ.  So much so, that he tried to peg Christ’s return to a particular year – 1891.   Smith said, “It is the will of the Lord that those who went to Zion, with a determination to lay down their lives, if necessary, should be ordained to the ministry, and go forth to prune the vineyard for the last time, or the coming of the Lord, which was nigh – even fifty-six years, should wind up the scene.”  (The History of the Church, vol II, page 182).  Zion here refers to Jackson County, Missouri – not to Israel.  Given the context in which this was said, the fifty-six year time frame would place the return of Jesus on or before February 14, 1891.  Many Mormon periodicals demonstrated that zealous Mormons were anxiously awaiting the fulfillment of that prophecy.  February 14, 1891 came and went with no second coming.  It was truly a disappointing Valentine’s Day for many faithful Mormons.  Strike 1

2: The following prophecy has only been recounted by one person, and that person eventually left the Mormon Church.  Typically, we wouldn’t include it for that reason.  However, the person in question was David Whitmer, one of the three “witnesses” to Smith’s translation of the Book of Mormon.   And since the LDS Church lends Whitmer the credibility of having him still listed as an original witness (check the beginning of any Book of Mormon), we shall afford him some level of credibility here as well.  As the story goes, during the printing of the Book of Mormon, Smith was running out of the money needed to finish it.  Hyrum Smith (Joseph’s brother) suggested they could go to Toronto, Canada, and sell the copyright to the Book of Mormon for money. Whitmer picks up the account, “Joseph looked into the hat in which he placed the stone, and received a revelation that some of the brethren should go to Toronto, Canada, and that they would sell the copyright of the Book of Mormon. Hiram Page and Oliver Cowdery went to Toronto on this mission, but they failed entirely to sell the copyright, returning without any money. Joseph was at my father's house when they returned. I was there also, and am an eye witness to these facts. Jacob Whitmer and John Whitmer were also present when Hiram Page and Oliver Cowdery returned from Canada. Well, we were all in great trouble; and we asked Joseph how it was that he had received a revelation from the Lord for some brethren to go to Toronto and sell the copyright, and the brethren had utterly failed in their undertaking. Joseph did not know how it was, so he enquired of the Lord about it, and behold the following revelation came through the stone: “Some revelations are of God: some revelations are of men: and some revelations are of the devil.” So we see that the revelation to go to Toronto and sell the copyright was not of God, but was of the devil or of the heart of man.” - AN ADDRESS TO ALL BELIEVERS IN CHRIST, David Whitmer, 1887.  The stone to which Whitmer refers is the “seer stone” by which Smith arrived at many of his revelations, and which he used to help him “translate” the Book of Mormon.  Here, Joseph Smith himself admitted that he was susceptible to receiving revelations from men or from the devil, and passing it on as prophecy.  Strike 2

3: On September 1, 1842, Joseph Smith said, “…for to this day has the God of my fathers delivered me out of them all, and will deliver me from henceforth; for behold, and lo, I shall triumph over all my enemies, for the Lord God hath spoken it.”  (Doctrine and Covenants, 127:2). The last phrase “for the Lord God hath spoken it,” indicates that this is prophecy.  Here, Smith has prophesied that God would allow him to “triumph” over all his enemies.  Less than two years later, these same enemies stormed the Carthage, Illinois jail where Smith was imprisoned and shot him dead.  Mormons often call Smith the "Martyred Prophet" and speak of his death much like Christ's death. Shortly before he died, Smith reportedly said, "I am going like a lamb to the slaughter" (D.& C. 135:4). Christ died without a fight (Luke 23:24; I Peter 2:23), but did Joseph Smith? On June 27, 1844, a mob of about 200 armed men, their faces painted black with wet gunpowder came to the Carthage jail, where Joseph and Hyrum Smith were prisoners. Some of the mob entered the jail while others remained outside. As the mob started shooting, “Joseph sprang to his coat for his six-shooter, Hyrum for his single barrel, Taylor for Markham's large hickory cane, and Dr. Richards for Taylor's cane. All sprang against the door, the balls whistled up the stairway, and in an instant one came through the door...Hyrum was retreating back in front of the door and snapped his pistol when a ball struck him in the left side of the nose, and he fell on his back on the floor saying, 'I am a dead man'...Joseph reached round the door casing, and discharged his six-shooter into the passage, some barrels missing fire.” (D.H.C., Vol. VI, pp. 617-618). After using all of the shots in his pistol, Joseph Smith made his way towards the window. As he prepared to jump down, Richards reported that he was shot twice in the back and a third bullet, fired from a musket on the ground outside, hit him in the chest. Taylor and Richards' accounts both report that as Smith fell from the window, he called out "Oh Lord, my God!” Some have alleged that the context of this statement was an attempt by Joseph Smith to use a Masonic distress signal. Joseph Smith was not a martyr who went "as a lamb to the slaughter. Joseph Smith did not triumph over his enemies. Strike 3

Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” (Luke 21:33 KJV)


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